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Dave Hakstol (born July 30, 1968) is a Canadian ice hockey assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs. A native of Warburg, Alberta, Hakstol was the head coach for Sioux City Musketeers for four seasons. He was also the head coach of University of North Dakota men's ice hockey team for 11 seasons. Hakstol played for the Fighting Sioux from 1989 to 1992 and in the International Hockey League for five years before becoming a coach. Hakstol served as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from May 2015 until December 2018.

Dave Hakstol
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Dave Hakstol being introduced as coach of the Flyers
Born (1968-07-30) July 30, 1968 (age 51)
Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada
TeamToronto Maple Leafs
Previous team(s)North Dakota
Sioux City Musketeers
Philadelphia Flyers
Years as a coach1996–present
Years as an NHL coach2015–present


Dave Hakstol attended the University of North Dakota and played hockey there from 1989 to 1992. He played minor league hockey for five years, including stints with the Indianapolis Ice and Minnesota Moose. After retiring as a player, he moved to the coaching ranks with the Sioux City Musketeers. He replaced a fired head coach in the middle of their disappointing 1996–97, turned the team around, and remained for four years. He became an assistant coach with his alma mater North Dakota in 2000. In 2004, he was named head coach. In his tenure as North Dakota's head coach, he led the team to the NCAA Frozen Four seven times. Hakstol was honored with conference coach of the year awards in 2009 and 2015, and was an eight-time finalist for national coach of the year.[1]

On May 18, 2015, it was announced that Hakstol would become the Philadelphia Flyers' 19th head coach.[2] Hakstol is the first head coach to go directly from the NCAA to the NHL since 1982 (Bob Johnson from the University of Wisconsin to the Calgary Flames).[3] Hakstol picked up his first NHL victory in the Flyers' third game of the season, a 1–0 win over the Florida Panthers.

On April 11, 2017 it was announced that Hakstol would join Jon Cooper, Gerard Gallant, and Dave King as coaches of Canada's men's national ice hockey team for the 2017 IIHF World Championship tournament.[4]

On December 17, 2018, the Flyers relieved Hakstol as the head coach of the team after a 12–15–4 start to the 2018–19 season.[5]

On June 29, 2019, Hakstol was hired as assistant head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.[6]

Head coaching recordEdit


Team Year Regular Season Postseason
G W L T OTL GF GA Pts Finish
SC 1996–97 54 9 43 2 2 162 307 20 6th, South Missed playoffs
1997–98 56 32 21 3 3 195 155 67 4th, South Lost in Quarterfinals
1998–99 56 34 19 3 3 196 148 71 2nd, West Lost in Quarterfinals
1999–2000 58 27 26 5 5 170 162 59 6th, West Lost in Quarterfinals


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
North Dakota Fighting Sioux (WCHA) (2004–2011)
2004–05 North Dakota 25–15–5 13–12–3 5th NCAA Runner-up
2005–06 North Dakota 29–16–1 16–12–0 t-4th NCAA Frozen Four
2006–07 North Dakota 24–14–5 13–10–5 3rd NCAA Frozen Four
2007–08 North Dakota 28–11–4 18–7–3 2nd NCAA Frozen Four
2008–09 North Dakota 24–15–4 17–7–4 1st NCAA 1st Round
2009–10 North Dakota 25–13–5 15–10–3 t-4th NCAA 1st Round
2010–11 North Dakota 32–9–3 21–6–1 1st NCAA Frozen Four
North Dakota (WCHA) (2011–2013)
2011–12 North Dakota 26–13–3 16–11–1 4th NCAA 2nd Round
2012–13 North Dakota 22–13–7 14–7–7 3rd NCAA 2nd Round
North Dakota (NCHC) (2013–2015)
2013–14 North Dakota 25–14–3 15–9–0 2nd NCAA Frozen Four
2014–15 North Dakota 29–10–3 16–6–2 1st NCAA Frozen Four
North Dakota: 289–143–43 174–97–31
Total: 289–143–43

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost OTL Points Finish Won Lost Result
PHI 2015–16 82 41 27 14 96 5th in Metropolitan 2 4 Lost in First Round
PHI 2016–17 82 39 33 10 88 6th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
PHI 2017–18 82 42 26 14 98 3rd in Metropolitan 2 4 Lost in First Round
PHI 2018–19 31 12 15 4 (28) (fired)
Total 277 134 101 42 310 4 8


  1. ^ "Hakstol Leaves North Dakota for NHL". College Hockey News. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Peaslee, Evan. "Flyers name Dave Hakstol new head coach". Sportsnet. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  3. ^ Seravalli, Frank. "Flyers hire Dave Hakstol as head coach". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Jon Cooper to coach Team Canada at 2017 IIHF World Championship". April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Flyers Relieve Dave Hakstol of Head Coaching Duties". December 17, 2018. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Maple Leafs hire Dave Hakstol as assistant coach -". June 29, 2019. Retrieved June 29, 2019.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Lohrei
Head coach of the Sioux City Musketeers
Succeeded by
Dave Siciliano
Preceded by
Dean Blais
Head coach of the University of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Brad Berry
Preceded by
Craig Berube
Head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers
Succeeded by
Scott Gordon
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Troy Jutting
WCHA Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
George Gwozdecky
Preceded by
Bob Motzko
NCHC Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Brad Berry